Perion was sitting alone in the living room one morning when the phone began to ring. Usually when Marilinn wasn’t at home, she left the room and ignored the phone. There was always the possibility of the caller being Lein. He had been calling quite frequently and would speak to Marilinn for an hour or so. However, it had been a couple of weeks since they had heard from him. There was a chance the caller would be one of Marilinn’s friends. Besides, one of her greatest pet peeves was a ringing telephone.
On the tenth ring, Perion picked up the cordless phone and hit the ‘talk’ button. “Hello,” she said softly.
“Perion,” said Lein’s not-so-surprised voice. “Don’t hang up. I think you owe me a few minutes.”
Her thumb hovered very closely to the ‘talk’ button. “As I said when I saw you last, there isn’t anything else to say.”
“I don’t believe that any more than you do, Perion. I want to see you.”
She sighed. “Did my mother tell you I was here?”
“No, she didn’t. I figured that out myself. Don’t avoid the issue, Perion, I want to see you.”
“I’m not ready to see you, Lein,” she said shakily.
“I think you are. I can hear it in your voice. I want to see you, I need to see you, and I know you want me there.”
She felt herself tearing up, and the last thing she wanted to do was cry. She wanted desperately for him to come to her, but she couldn’t face him knowing the secret she held. “Lein, please. I can’t see you, not now.”
“Okay, babe, okay. I don’t want to push or pressure you. I only want you to know that I love you, and I’m never giving up.” On that note, he hung up.